Kevin J. O'Dwyer
Art in the Landscape Report - Irish Arts Council 2020
Lough Boora Sculpture Park (Sculpture in the Parklands 2002-2010), represents a very powerful and developed body of twenty-five large scale sculptures and from the mapping exercise undertaken for this study, is by far the most significant and important collection of public sculpture in Ireland. However there have been no new sculptural commissions since 2010 .............
The opportunity to create work at Lough Boora Sculpture Park (Sculpture in the Parklands 2002-2010) had appeal to Irish and international artists alike. Former curator Kevin O’Dwyer had a deep understanding of monumental art in the landscape, he understood what was possible from artists and had a strong reputation as a curator and project manager. He also had an established and expansive network nationally and internationally in the genre of art in the landscape. This skill set will be required into the future to maintain and exceed the original artistic standard set.
Lough Boora Sculpture Park is unique in Ireland in terms of scale of the work, number of pieces in the collection and the landscape which it is set in. There are no other sculpture parks or sculpture trails of such significance in Ireland. It is estimated that to recreate Lough Boora Park today would cost in excess of €2 Million Euros.
Sculpture in the Parklands
O'Dwyer has achieved synergy in action by ensuring complete coherence and alignment of operational plans with strategic vision, aims and objectives and through the dedicated application of strategic planning in the cutaway bog in Co. Offaly. His transformational leadership style has galvanized many public's and he has created a substantial and significant project which embodies the best practice ideals of strategic management. It is aspirational, proactive, value-driven and is a unique project heavily rooted within its local geography and context.
Kneissl Young Researchers Award at the University of Applied Sciences
Throughout my career I have worked with Art, Heritage and Corporate clients to create unique and memorable experiences. I bring to each project my personal creativity and significant organisational and curatorial skills along with 30 years of management experience.
Kevin O'Dwyer - Artistic Director/Curator
MA Cultural Policy and Arts Management
University College Dublin